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Match Report: Hunslet Hawks 18-24 Batley Bulldogs


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#1 Chairman LMAO

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 09:42 PM

An under-strength 'Dogs side battled through blustery conditions at the South Leeds Stadium to secure a crucial 24-18 win over the Hunslet Hawks to move second in the Championship table this evening.

HUNSLET HAWKS 18-24 BATLEY BULLDOGS
by Mark Ward

Kingstone Press Cider Championship, LoveRugbyLeague.com Stadium, 29 March 2013

Not for the first time this season, the Batley Bulldogs picked up three points without breaking too many pots, as they edged home at a windy South Leeds Stadium against the battling Hunslet Hawks, only securing the win with Gareth Potts' late score.

The Hawks, who have now twice shown up well against the Bulldogs this season, dominated much of the early exchanges, but they found it difficult to penetrate the visitors' defence, and it was left to their impressive second row partnership of Tommy Haughey and James Houston to score the tries which overshadowed the pre-match talk of the dual-registration Leeds Rhinos in their side. John Kear's patched up side, missing the likes of Ben Black, George Flanagan and Ash Lindsay also had to deal with the departure of Mark Applegarth on 6 minutes with a serious looking knee injury, but rallied well to secure the win late on.

Hunslet started brightly, enjoying good field position early on, but they failed to capitalise on their dominance and fell behind on 14 minutes, against the run of play. Hawks hooker Liam Hood's loose pass was picked off by the impressive Johnny Campbell to move the ball downfield and from that, Ayden Faal and the returning Danny Maun both showed quick hands to release Greg Johnson to bring the ball under the posts, converted by Tom Hemingway to push the 'Dogs in front. Soon after, the Bulldogs threatened again, but Josh Johnson was held up on the line and then Gareth Moore's try was ruled out for an earlier infringement as Greg Johnson broke the home defensive line.

On 22 minutes, the Hawks struck back to level the scores when Richard Moore's offload bounced off Byron Smith's head and Tommy Haughey reacted quickest to touch down. Luke Helliwell slotted over the conversion to make it 6-6. Despite being pegged back, the visitors remained in the ascendancy and when Campbell raced 50 metres on the half-hour mark, it was the catalyst for the Bulldogs to recapture the lead on 31 minutes. Gareth Moore's kick to the corner was contested by Liam Welham and Alex Bretherton, and as the ball bounced loose, Liam Walmsley was on hand to ground for a try. Hemingway's conversion left the touch-judges undecided but referee Jamie Leahy adjudged it was good and the Bulldogs led 12-6.

Three minutes later, Hemingway was kicking for goal again, this time for a penalty after Jimmy Watson's high shot on Alex Rowe, and the visitors had opened up an eight-point lead. However, it was the Hawks who had the last word of the half as James Houston spun clear of Faal, Maun and Potts to score a classy try under the sticks, which Helliwell converted to draw the hosts within two points of their opponents.

HALF-TIME: HUNSLET HAWKS 12-14 BATLEY BULLDOGS

With the blustery wind at their backs in the second-half, the Bulldogs looked more impressive than their hosts and when Watson made a hash of Hemingway's kick on 51 minutes, the resultant set allowed Paul Mennell to find Ayden Faal who waltzed through the Hawks defence to score a quality try which Hemingway converted to give Batley a 20-12 advantage. Just after the hour, the Bulldogs (and Gareth Moore) thought they had scored again, but the video referee chalked the try off, adjudging Moore to have knocked the ball forward prior to grounding it. Then, moments later, Hemingway intercepted Thomas Coyle's loose pass, but he lost the ball deep in Hawks territory.

The drama intensified on 72 minutes as the Bulldogs were caught cold by Steve Yates' pass which foxed the defensive line allowing Houston to stroll in for his second try with Maun out of position. Helliwell's conversion brought the Hawks to within two points, but it was the Bulldogs who finished strongest and when Bretherton chipped ahead into space on 79 minutes, Watson failed to gather the ball and Gareth Potts deftly chipped the ball forward before pouncing on it to secure victory. Hemingway failed with the conversion, but the visitors ran out the remaining seconds to secure an untidy but crucial three points and move second in the standings.

HUNSLET HAWKS: 31 J. Watson, 22 Mapals, 29 Keinhorst, 4 Welham, 2 Pryce, 38 Coyle, 7 Helliwell, 36 R. Moore, 30 Hood, 34 Haley, 16 Haughey, 15 Houston, 13 March. Interchange: 8 Yates, 9 Haigh, 10 Menzies, 25 S. Watson

T: Haughey, Houston 2

G: Helliwell 3

BATLEY BULLDOGS: 2 Potts, 5 Campbell, 11 Bretherton, 20 Faal, 21 G. Johnson, 23 Hemingway, 7 G. Moore, 8 Smith, 9 Mennell, 26 J. Johnson, 16 Davies, 17 L. Walmsley, 12 Applegarth. Interchange: 4 Maun, 15 Hirst, 19 Rowe, 25 Leary.

T: G. Johnson, L. Walmsley, Faal, Potts

G: Hemingway 4

SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-6, 6-6, 6-12, 6-14, 12-14, HT, 12-20, 18-20, 18-24

REFEREE: Jamie Leahy (Dewsbury)

MAN OF THE MATCH: James Houston (Hunslet Hawks) - an all-action display from the second-rower that helped keep the Hawks in the game right until the death.

#2 Keep The Faith

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 10:40 PM

An under-strength 'Dogs side battled through blustery conditions at the South Leeds Stadium to secure a crucial 24-18 win over the Hunslet Hawks to move second in the Championship table this evening.HUNSLET HAWKS 18-24 BATLEY BULLDOGSby Mark WardKingstone Press Cider Championship, LoveRugbyLeague.com Stadium, 29 March 2013Not for the first time this season, the Batley Bulldogs picked up three points without breaking too many pots, as they edged home at a windy South Leeds Stadium against the battling Hunslet Hawks, only securing the win with Gareth Potts' late score.The Hawks, who have now twice shown up well against the Bulldogs this season, dominated much of the early exchanges, but they found it difficult to penetrate the visitors' defence, and it was left to their impressive second row partnership of Tommy Haughey and James Houston to score the tries which overshadowed the pre-match talk of the dual-registration Leeds Rhinos in their side. John Kear's patched up side, missing the likes of Ben Black, George Flanagan and Ash Lindsay also had to deal with the departure of Mark Applegarth on 6 minutes with a serious looking knee injury, but rallied well to secure the win late on.Hunslet started brightly, enjoying good field position early on, but they failed to capitalise on their dominance and fell behind on 14 minutes, against the run of play. Hawks hooker Liam Hood's loose pass was picked off by the impressive Johnny Campbell to move the ball downfield and from that, Ayden Faal and the returning Danny Maun both showed quick hands to release Greg Johnson to bring the ball under the posts, converted by Tom Hemingway to push the 'Dogs in front. Soon after, the Bulldogs threatened again, but Josh Johnson was held up on the line and then Gareth Moore's try was ruled out for an earlier infringement as Greg Johnson broke the home defensive line.On 22 minutes, the Hawks struck back to level the scores when Richard Moore's offload bounced off Byron Smith's head and Tommy Haughey reacted quickest to touch down. Luke Helliwell slotted over the conversion to make it 6-6. Despite being pegged back, the visitors remained in the ascendancy and when Campbell raced 50 metres on the half-hour mark, it was the catalyst for the Bulldogs to recapture the lead on 31 minutes. Gareth Moore's kick to the corner was contested by Liam Welham and Alex Bretherton, and as the ball bounced loose, Liam Walmsley was on hand to ground for a try. Hemingway's conversion left the touch-judges undecided but referee Jamie Leahy adjudged it was good and the Bulldogs led 12-6.Three minutes later, Hemingway was kicking for goal again, this time for a penalty after Jimmy Watson's high shot on Alex Rowe, and the visitors had opened up an eight-point lead. However, it was the Hawks who had the last word of the half as James Houston spun clear of Faal, Maun and Potts to score a classy try under the sticks, which Helliwell converted to draw the hosts within two points of their opponents.HALF-TIME: HUNSLET HAWKS 12-14 BATLEY BULLDOGSWith the blustery wind at their backs in the second-half, the Bulldogs looked more impressive than their hosts and when Watson made a hash of Hemingway's kick on 51 minutes, the resultant set allowed Paul Mennell to find Ayden Faal who waltzed through the Hawks defence to score a quality try which Hemingway converted to give Batley a 20-12 advantage. Just after the hour, the Bulldogs (and Gareth Moore) thought they had scored again, but the video referee chalked the try off, adjudging Moore to have knocked the ball forward prior to grounding it. Then, moments later, Hemingway intercepted Thomas Coyle's loose pass, but he lost the ball deep in Hawks territory.The drama intensified on 72 minutes as the Bulldogs were caught cold by Steve Yates' pass which foxed the defensive line allowing Houston to stroll in for his second try with Maun out of position. Helliwell's conversion brought the Hawks to within two points, but it was the Bulldogs who finished strongest and when Bretherton chipped ahead into space on 79 minutes, Watson failed to gather the ball and Gareth Potts deftly chipped the ball forward before pouncing on it to secure victory. Hemingway failed with the conversion, but the visitors ran out the remaining seconds to secure an untidy but crucial three points and move second in the standings.HUNSLET HAWKS: 31 J. Watson, 22 Mapals, 29 Keinhorst, 4 Welham, 2 Pryce, 38 Coyle, 7 Helliwell, 36 R. Moore, 30 Hood, 34 Haley, 16 Haughey, 15 Houston, 13 March. Interchange: 8 Yates, 9 Haigh, 10 Menzies, 25 S. WatsonT: Haughey, Houston 2G: Helliwell 3BATLEY BULLDOGS: 2 Potts, 5 Campbell, 11 Bretherton, 20 Faal, 21 G. Johnson, 23 Hemingway, 7 G. Moore, 8 Smith, 9 Mennell, 26 J. Johnson, 16 Davies, 17 L. Walmsley, 12 Applegarth. Interchange: 4 Maun, 15 Hirst, 19 Rowe, 25 Leary.T: G. Johnson, L. Walmsley, Faal, PottsG: Hemingway 4SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-6, 6-6, 6-12, 6-14, 12-14, HT, 12-20, 18-20, 18-24REFEREE: Jamie Leahy (Dewsbury)MAN OF THE MATCH: James Houston (Hunslet Hawks) - an all-action display from the second-rower that helped keep the Hawks in the game right until the death.

mom liam walmsley again!

#3 Nick07

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 10:47 PM

I thought Liam was superb tonight, as was Bretherton.

Johnson massively dangerous ball in hand ave Faal starting to look a real strike centre now.

Just a shame about Applegarth as it looked a bad one for the lad.

#4 The King Of Leon

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 11:31 PM

A fair report though the 1st conversion went wide!
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#5 dogga

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 11:49 PM

your post leant over towards the kick
union whats that?

#6 buford t justice

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 06:14 AM

Couldnt make it to the game, so had to settle for the tv coverage - have to say Johnny Campbell's post match interview summedy it up in a nutshell - plenty of improvement needed but its reassuring the players acknowledge this - was quite refreshing that he was so honest about how poorly we played, but as he said, 'a wins a win'.

Credit to Hunslet they were tenscious and played well and with a bit more composure could have nicked all 3 ponts.

Edited by buford t justice, 24 May 2013 - 06:17 AM.

What we're dealing with here is a complete lack of respect for the law

#7 Bat Lad

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 06:37 AM

Well done the dogs difficult game with key players missing, great result.



#8 M Hopkins

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 08:57 AM

I agree with Liam Walmsley being MOM. He tackled everything and made plenty of yards ball in hand. He's improving in every game he plays.

#9 London Dick

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 09:50 AM

He was unlucky not to score towards the end of the 2nd half where he switched play and darted for the gap.

 

He seems to have benefitted from the injuries that we had recently and is really pushing to make the first team spot his own. 

 

I really hope his good form continues, especially after the injury to Applegarth last night.


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#10 LuckyDog

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 10:15 AM

This team rarely fails to come through in the end.Mistakes galore in the second half kept Hunslet in the game, but we always seem to have that bit extra to get over the line. Great defence again the difference.

 

This division is so competitive, we could so easily have come unstuck last night. Hunslet another example of on any given matchday, how close it can be! How erratic we can be, but then how strong we can be!

 

If John Kear still had any hair....



#11 Gazmeister

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 10:20 PM

As a Hunslet fan it was always gonna be tough for us. You can harp on all day about we (batley)didn't have our best team out. Do you not think the fringe players try even harder when they're on. So I don't accept that. Jimmy Watson for us diffused most of the kicking game but not everything which proved to be the winning try. But we'll done, good performance and I think a draw would have been the fair result. Hunslet are getting better and I recon they will make the play offs and cause an upset on the way to final.

#12 Nick07

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 10:35 PM

Are you related to Jimmy Watson by any chance Gaz? Just that everything you post relates to him.

We had 5 first choice players out, and still won. It's not an excuse, it's a fact. So to win away against a decent Hunslet side is a very good result.

We were without Grewnwood, Walton, Black, Flanaghan and Ash Lindsay. And lost Applegarth after 6 minutes. To compare, that's like the Hawks without Watson, Keinhorst, Grimshaw (who I'm aware wasn't playing), Hood and March, then losing Haughey almost immediately. I reckon you guys would have mentioned it if that had been the case too.

A very watchable game, even though lots of mistakes were made by both sides.

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 07:55 AM

Forgive my ignorance...

 

Can anyone clarify for me when Moore passed the ball back that hit Baz on the head, Haughey looked to be well in front of the man who passed the ball.  Is this not offside, or does the fact that the ball played the Batley man mean that he is played onside, despite being in front of the man that passed the ball?  


Edited by DOGFATHER, 25 May 2013 - 07:56 AM.


#14 Chris_T

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 09:12 AM

I thought he was offside also but Smith never looked for that. The ball hit Byron but he didnt play at it then the man came back from an offside position to collect the loose ball?

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 09:21 AM

I think the final result was a fair reflection on the game in the end. We can now look forward to the dewsbury game next week. :)




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